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Johnson one clear at halfway stage of Northern Trust

10th August 2019, 09:18 by Chris Rivers

Dustin Johnson leads the Northern Trust by one shot after two rounds and is optimistic about his chances heading into the weekend.

The 36-year-old started Friday one shot behind overnight leader Troy Merritt but, despite dropping a shot at his first hole, ended the day on top after shooting a four-under 67.

A two-time winner of the opening tournament of the FedEx Cup play-offs, the world no.2 was in fine form during his second round, missing several more opportunities for birdies.

However, Johnson brushed off the disappointment of having failed to go lower, claiming confidence levels are high after a strong start to his campaign at Liberty National.

"I feel like I'm swinging it really well," he said. "I've got a lot of control with the golf ball and hitting a lot of really nice shots and rolled in a couple of putts today which is nice, but still feel like I left quite a few out there.

"I'm in a good position heading into the weekend, and if I can keep swinging the way I am, I think it's going to be a good weekend."

Johnson sits on 12-under heading into Saturday, one shot clear of Jordan Spieth after he mixed eight birdies with a single bogey to sign for a seven-under 64.

Merritt, Patrick Reed and Jon Rahm are part of a group one shot further back on 10-under, while Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy are firmly in contention sitting three shots behind Johnson heading into the weekend.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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